Burnished-buff Tanager (Stilpnia cayana)

Order: Passeriformes  | Family: Thraupidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Venezuela

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Venezuela

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southern Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pampas del Heath, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~14 cm (5.5 in). The male Burnished-buff Tanager has bluish wings and tail. The rest of the body is buff with a variable amount of blue on the throat and breast. The female is similar to the male but has bluish-brown underparts. Both sexes have an orange rufous cap and black mask through the eye. It is similar to the Green-capped Tanager but is distinguished by the orange-rufous cap and black mask, and in the male, by being overall buff with blue on the breast.

Status: The Burnished-Buff Tanager is known in Peru only from the Rio Mayo Valley in Northern Peru (1000-1500 m) and the Pampas del Heath in extreme southeast Peru. It also occurs in Co, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Tangara de Anteado Bruñido.

Sub-species: Burnished-buff Tanager (Stilpnia cayana cayana), (Linnaeus), 1766.d

Meaning of Name: Stilpnia: Gr. Stilpnos= glistening, glittering. cayana: Cayenne or French Guiana. In early ornithology “Cayenne” was often used of species of uncertain provenance presumed to be from Amazonia.

Formerly known as Tangara cayana (2018).

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.